Best Mustard Ever

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Spice up your meals with this tangy homemade mustard recipe.

Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, it is a popular addition to all kinds of sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Making your own mustard is easier than you might think – it’s as simple as crushing the seeds with a liquid and adding a preserving agent such as vinegar, sugar or salt – but there are many variables to create different strengths and flavors.

This adaptable plant is related to broccoli, sprouts, kale, and cauliflower. While all parts of the plant are edible and pickled mustard greens are a staple of East Asian cuisine, and mustard oil is made by pressing the seed husks, it is the seeds that are most frequently used in cooking.

National Mustard Day is celebrated annually at the National Mustard Museum on the first Saturday in August. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family and has traditionally included free hot dogs as well as music, games, other entertainment, free sampling, and more. The Museum has been the official sponsor of this event since 1991. Add some to your favorite meals today. Post photos on social media using #NationalMustardDay

People all around the world have been using mustard as a condiment for thousands of years. Ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece were among the first civilizations to use it as a spice. In the Bible, mustard is described as a condiment, and mustard seeds have been discovered in tombs from ancient Egypt that date back to 3000 BC. It was employed as a spice and a medicine throughout the Roman Empire. In medieval Europe, it was also a very well-liked recipe, used both to season meals and as a condiment. It is now a widely used condiment in many different foods and cuisines from around the globe.

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Best Mustard Ever


Best Mustard Ever – Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, mustard is a popular addition to sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

  • Author: Alton Brown
  • Prep Time: :15
  • Cook Time: :01
  • Total Time: 1:16
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Microwave


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  • 1/4 cup dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mustard seed


  1. In a small, microwave-proof bowl whisk together the dry mustard, brown sugar, salt, turmeric, paprika and garlic powder. In a separate container, combine the pickle juice, water and cider vinegar and have standing by.
  2. Place the mustard seed into a spice grinder and grind for a minimum of 1 minute, stopping to pulse occasionally. Once ground, immediately add the mustard to the bowl with the dry ingredients and add the liquid mixture. Whisk to combine.
  3. Place the bowl into the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and puree with a stick blender for 1 minute.
  4. Pour into a glass jar or container and allow to cool uncovered. Once cool, cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
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